The fall cool-down has come here, and it is time for soup. My kids’ current favorite is Portugese style Chick-pea, Garlic, Potato and Sausage, although they liked the vegetarian lentil version I made yesterday when we were out of chicken broth, chick peas and sausage ;-).
It is a simple soup – I’ll give it to you in smaller quantities than we make for our 10 person home. Sautee 3 onions and two heads (yes, that’s heads) of garlic until softened. Add sliced up sausage and cook ( a small amount is fine, for flavor, or you can add more) until browned, add rosemary and smoked spanish paprika (regular paprika is ok if you don’t have it) and cook for a minute. Throw in 6 cups of chicken broth. Add three diced potatoes, some carrots or whatever other roots appeal to you, 2 cups of cooked chick peas and a little salt and pepper. Simmer until everything is yummy and tender and serve.
I’ve posted my Laotian chicken (or turkey) soup before, but just in case you haven’t tried it. Take a chicken or turkey carcass and cook down for stock with ginger and white pepper. Reserve any cooked meat. Take 3 quarts of stock and Add chopped onions, shallots and leeks, 3 cups of lemon juice, a half a cup of soy sauce or fish sauce (more authentic), some keffir lime leaves and/or chopped lemongrass (although I’ve made it without either and it is still good), two cans of pineapple with the juice, hot chiles or siracha to taste, enough brown or palm sugar to balance the flavor so it is hot, sour, salty and sweet, and extra chicken meat if you like. This is THE BEST soup on earth when you have a cold. It is also just plain delicious. Amend to your tastes, though. We like to cook rice separately and add it to the soup to give it more “stuff” in it.
I’m a big fan of this soup as well, as are my kids: http://www.owlhaven.net/2010/08/13/west-african-sweet-potato-soup/
So what’s in your soup pot?